The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Advocate is a bi-weekly newsmagazine focusing on gay life in American. The Advocate includes news features, investigative reports, arts and entertainment features, celebrity interviews, financial columns, and health columns.

Articles from February 4

Addicted to Dot-Com Sex: With Sex Options on the Net Almost as Plentiful as Bauds per Second, Many Gay Men Are Finding That Online Life Has Had a Chilling Effect on Their Mental and Physical Health. (Love & Sex on the Internet)
Michael, a 32-year-old grant administrator living in New York City, got his first taste of the Internet in 1996 through an America Online account at work. (His last name has been withheld to protect his anonymity.) Though the online service provided...
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Better Dating through Circuitry: Gay Singles Looking for Relationships Rather Than Just Sex Are Finding Success Via the Internet. (Love & Sex on the Internet)
As recently as four months ago, Amy Pridgen, a lifelong Texan, had no plans to ring in the New Year 1,500 miles away, much less to navigate her way through Pennsylvania snowstorms to move into a new home in Pittsburgh. But love can bring lots of surprises....
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Cracker Barrel Buckles: The Family Restaurant's Change of Heart Provides a Prime Example for Activists Committed to Reforming Other Antigay Corporations. (Business)
Cheryl Summerville still remembers the day in 1991 when Cracker Barrel Old Country Store fired her for being gay. She had worked as a backup cook at a Douglasville, Ga., Cracker Barrel restaurant for nearly three years. And though she says she never...
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Do You Believe in Fairies? (Last Word)
I was recently speaking with a power couple from Los Angeles who I was hoping would donate to Gender-PAC. Neither was saying very much, and I finished with the distinct impression I had blown it. I was disappointed, as these are two men whose work...
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Fare Thee Well. (Frames of Mind)
When I first started writing this column 5 1/2 years ago, my goal was modest: to provide quarterly evidence that a lesbian sense of humor truly existed. I feared that my tribe had acquired an unsavory reputation for victimhood, self-righteousness,...
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Five Great Dating Sites: If You're Looking for a Relationship or for a Friend, These Non-Sexually Explicit Web Sites Are a Great Place to Start. (Love & Sex on the Internet)
Gaydatecam.com If you prefer to see what someone looks like before you ask them out, this site is for you. Members can post up to six pictures of themselves with their profile (at least one is required) and can participate in streaming video chats...
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From Zero to Hero? New Majority Leader Bill Frist Has Cast Zero Pro-Gay Votes, but His Gestures toward Inclusion Give Some Activists Hope. (Senate)
As Senate majority leader, Bill Frist of Tennessee certainly seems more moderate than his predecessor, Trent Lott. While Lott had a reputation for being abrasive and inflexible, Frist is admired for his laid-back demeanor and inclusive tone. Gay political...
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Getting Hitched in Buenos Aires: Members of Argentina's Foremost Gay Rights Group Discuss How They Made Buenos Aires the First South American City to Recognize Civil Unions. (Behind the Headlines)
On December 13, in the midst of a massive social justice movement, Buenos Aires became the first city in Latin America to declare civil union rights for gay and lesbian couples. The 18-year-old activist group Comunidad Homosexual Argentina led the...
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Herb Ritts: A Life in Focus: The Celebrities He Photographed So Flawlessly Remember the Warmth of the Friend They Knew. (Culture)
"I think the fact that I was comfortable and happy and enjoyed what I was doing in my personal life encouraged me," said openly gay Los Angeles-based photographer Herb Ritts in his 1996 Advocate cover story interview. The wildly successful and prolific...
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Higher Artist: Jon Planas Makes Art with, a Pop Sensibility, but He's Got Deeper Things on His Mind. (Art)
At first glance, the work of out Los Angeles-based artist Jon Planas seems like pure candy-colored fun. But it actually reflects his spiritual touchstones. Consider these seemingly random facts: Planas, who has two concurrent shows in New York in January,...
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His Big Fat Canadian Hit: Montreal Writer Steve Galluccio's Gay Family Comedy Mambo Italiano Is a Runaway Success Onstage-And the Movie Version Is Due out Soon. (Theater)
Urban gay audiences may find comfort in the familiarity of the story line of Steve Galluccio's coming-out comedy Mambo Italiano. After all, its central character faces much the same dilemma Harvey Fierstein did 20 years ago in his groundbreaking Torch...
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Justin, Hot and Cool. (Reader Forum)
Your interview with Justin Timberlake in The Advocate's Coolest Straight People of 2002 [December 24] was a breath of fresh air. As a gay male psychotherapist who counsels gay and lesbian clients, I know firsthand how hateful words and homophobic exclusion...
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Masters of Disaster: Creative and Life Partners Louis Pepe and Keith Fulton Talk about Lost in la Mancha, Their Fab Documentary about a Film Gone Horribly Wrong. (Film)
If your significant other is also your filmmaking partner, how do you separate labor and love? It's tricky, say Louis Pepe and Keith Fulton, whose feature-length documentary Lost in La Mancha--about director Terry Gilliam's unraveling attempt to make...
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Once More, with Music: What Do Lost in la Mancha, Licensed to Kill, and Scout's Honor Have in Common? Powerful Scores by out Composer Miriam Cutler. (Arts & Entertainment)
For film composer Miriam Cutler, the decision to score Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's Lost in La Mancha was a no-brainer. Cutler, a member of the quirky new wave band later known as Oingo Boingo (which also launched film composer Danny Elfman), was...
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She's Got the Beat: For Jennifer Yakes of the Band Leah Stargazing, It's Her Drumming and Not Her Sexuality That's a Big Deal. (Music)
When Jennifer Yakes joined pop-punk outfit Leah Stargazing, she was less concerned about coming out to her male band mates than she was about being a more experienced musician than the rest of the group. "I've reached a point in my life where I'm not...
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Smallpox Vaccine and HIV: A Deadly Combination. (Science)
With soldiers and health care workers receiving smallpox inoculations under President Bush's bioterror prevention program, many Americans are considering whether to receive vaccinations if they become more widely available. But people with HIV--and...
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The Challenge of Loss. (My Perspective)
My father, Stan, was an artist and professor who first discovered his voice in 1960s San Francisco. He became an award-winning poet in the brief span of time just after the beatniks started to lose ground and the hippies were gathering numbers. For...
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Therapist Conversion. (Reader Forum)
I applaud Michelangelo Signorile on another informative article ["Sick Again," December 10]. As a gay psychologist I am embarrassed that there are still a few therapists, usually fundamentalist Christians, who actually believe that so-called conversion...
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Three Women: The Hours Shines On-Screen, Borne on the Shoulders of Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, and Meryl Streep
The Hours * Written by David Hare, from the novel by Michael Cunningham * Directed by Stephen Daldry * Starring Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep * Paramount/Miramax Currently in theaters, Adaptation is all about writer Charlie Kaufman's...
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To Hellman and Back: Screen Legend Shirley MacLaine Talks to Gay Indie Icon Craig Chester about Her Work in Lillian Hellman's the Children's Hour, New to DVD. (Video)
The first time I met Shirley MacLaine, she was Mary Kay Ash. While visiting my friend Parker Posey in Winnipeg, Canada, for the shoot of the CBS movie Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay, I had been forewarned. "Shirley is so cool," Parker reported...
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Tough Guys Do Dance: When American Ballet Theatre's Powerful Brazilian Star, Marcelo Gomes, Takes on the Role of Romeo, Audiences Learn Why It's Hot to Be out. (Cover Story)
Alto, bronzeado, e bonitao. That's Portuguese for "tall, dark, and handsome," only three of the attractive qualities apparent in American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Marcelo Gomes. Even in a company studded with event, he is striking. At 6 foot...
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Two Different Worlds: When It Comes to Hooking Up Online, Lesbians Are from Venus and Gay Men from Mars. (Love & Sex on the Internet)
That the Internet continues to revolutionize dating for gays at a faster pace than for heterosexuals is no surprise. "Gay people are just early adopters of new technology in general, especially when that technology allows them to connect with one another,"...
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